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  • September 18, 2002    |   Educational Choice

    Institute for Justice Launches School Choice Offensive With Nation’s First Choice Lawsuit After U.S. Supreme Court Victory

    IJ and Maine Parents Challenge State Law Barring Religious Options From School Choice Program

    Washington, D.C.-Armed with a recent and historic U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding school choice, the Institute for Justice today returned to Maine to vindicate the promise of school choice and fight for the principle that government programs cannot discriminate against religion. In the first case in its nationwide school choice offensive, the Institute for Justice,…

  • September 10, 2002    |   Private Property

    Phoenix, Ariz.—As dozens of property owners and merchants held their breath, the Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to repeal the Downtown Redevelopment Area, thus ending the threat of condemnation for hundreds of local businesses. The vote came after a Citizens’ Petition was filed with the council by more than 100 business and property owners asking…

  • September 10, 2002    |   Private Property

    Phoenix, Ariz.—As dozens of property owners and merchants held their breath, the Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to repeal the Downtown Redevelopment Area, thus ending the threat of condemnation for hundreds of local businesses. The vote came after a Citizens’ Petition was filed with the council by more than 100 business and property owners asking…

  • September 4, 2002    |   First Amendment

    Washington, DC—A Michigan circuit court today ordered the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to release to the Michigan Education Association (MEA), the state’s largest teachers’ union, a list of more than 20,000 individuals who received a December 2001 fund raising letter from the Mackinac Center.  The order is part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by…

  • August 19, 2002    |   Private Property

    Phoenix, Ariz.—More than 100 property and business owners filed today a Citizens’ Petition with the Scottsdale City Council asking the City to repeal the downtown and waterfront redevelopment designations and thereby remove the threat of eminent domain, the government’s power to condemn land for “public use.” ?Redevelopment has been an unmitigated disaster for the downtown…

  • August 9, 2002    |   Educational Choice

    Florida Judge Allows Expansion of School Choice

    While Legal Battle Continues, 700 Students Freed From Failing Schools

    Washington, D.C. – Delivering a blow to defenders of the educational status quo in Florida, a state judge in Tallahassee today denied their efforts to block the expansion of a statewide school choice program while litigation over the program continues. On Monday, Circuit Court Judge Kevin Davey ruled that Florida’s Opportunity Scholarship program—the nation’s first…

  • August 5, 2002    |   Educational Choice

    Court Strikes Blow to School Choice in Florida

    Decision Forces Hundreds of Students to Return to or Stay in Failing Schools

    Washington, D.C. – Mere weeks before the start of the school year, a state judge in Tallahassee put the brakes on a statewide school choice program designed to save children from failing public schools in Florida. The Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm that represents Pensacola families participating in Florida’s Opportunity Scholarship program,…

  • July 23, 2002    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.—In a letter dated July 9, the New York Court of Appeals denied the Institute for Justice and its clients, commuter van entrepreneurs, the opportunity to appeal a lower court decision protecting the city’s public bus monopoly from competition by the “dollar” vans. The court offered no elaboration on the merits of the case,…

  • July 19, 2002    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C. – Building on the momentum of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Cleveland school choice program, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit voted yesterday 2-1 to invalidate a Washington State law that singles theology students out for exclusion from college benefits that are available to…

  • July 2, 2002    |   Private Property

    Washington, D.C.-Today, homeowners in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, Conn., filed their opening brief in a precedent-setting case before the Supreme Court of Connecticut asking the Court to declare that the taking of their homes and land for private profit violates the state and U.S. constitutions and Connecticut law. The Court will decide…

  • June 27, 2002    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its most important educational decision since Brown v. Board of Education, upholding the constitutionality of Cleveland’s school choice program. The Institute for Justice and its clients issued the following statements: Clint Bolick “This was the Super Bowl for school choice and the kids won,” said Clint Bolick, vice…

  • June 18, 2002    |   First Amendment

    Washington, D.C.—In a landmark ruling with national implications for taxpayer-subsidized campaigns, the Arizona Court of Appeals today unanimously struck down the main source of funding for the so-called Clean Elections Act. “This is a major victory for freedom of speech,” declared Clint Bolick, vice president of the Institute for Justice, whose Arizona Chapter has litigated…

  • May 31, 2002    |   Private Property

    Phoenix, Ariz.—The State of Arizona Court of Appeals announced today that it will rule on the constitutionality of the City of Mesa’s condemnation of Randy Bailey’s brake shop to make way for an Ace Hardware store. The decision to take the case under the rarely granted “special action jurisdiction” means that the Court of Appeals…

  • May 29, 2002    |   Private Property

      Arizona Court of Appeals Before Judges William F. Garbarino, John C. Gemmill and Cecil B. Patterson, Jr. State Courts Building Courtroom 1 1501 W. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ    

  • May 21, 2002    |   First Amendment

    Keeping the “Free” In Free Speech:

    Mackinac Center and Institute for Justice Defend Against Michigan Teachers’ Union Attack

    Washington, D.C.—Imagine a world in which people no longer debate public policy issues for fear of being sued by their opponents. That is the goal of a lawsuit filed by the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and its president alleging that the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy “misappropriated” his “likeness” by quoting him in a…

  • May 20, 2002    |   Private Property

    Washington, D.C.-This weekend, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Jackson, Mississippi, presented its top award—the Drum Major for Justice Award—to the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice. The free-market public interest law firm was recognized for successfully representing property owners in Madison County who fought the abuse of eminent domain by the state of Mississippi for…

  • May 16, 2002    |   Private Property

    Washington, D.C.-The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it intends to build a museum in the historic Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, Connecticut, on a parcel of land that is at the heart of an ongoing eminent domain controversy. Today, the Institute for Justice, the law firm that represents the owners of the remaining homes…

  • May 1, 2002    |   Private Property

    Phoenix-Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert D. Myers today stayed his ruling upholding the City of Mesa’s condemnation of a family-owned brake shop for an expanding Ace Hardware Store. The order means that Bailey’s Break Service owner Randy Bailey will be able to stay in business while the appellate courts consider his case. “We’re pleased…

  • April 26, 2002    |   First Amendment

    Washington, D.C.—The Institute for Justice, whose constitutional challenge to involuntary funding sources of the so-called Clean Elections Act was argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals on April 17, condemned a motion filed today by Arizonans for Clean Elections to transfer the case to the Arizona Supreme Court without a decision from the Court of…

  • April 23, 2002    |   Private Property

    Washington, D.C.-The Institute for Justice today expressed disappointment in a narrow ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that sided with a planning authority over individual landowners in Tahoe Sierra Preservation Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “This decision will make it more difficult for individuals to hold governments accountable when they strategically and unjustifiably…


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